Definition of Touch

1. Noun. The event of something coming in contact with the body. "The cooling touch of the night air"

Exact synonyms: Touching
Generic synonyms: Contact, Impinging, Striking
Specialized synonyms: Brush, Light Touch, Stroke

2. Verb. Make physical contact with, come in contact with. "She never touched her husband"

3. Noun. The faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands). "Only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"

4. Verb. Perceive via the tactile sense. "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Derivative terms: Touching

5. Noun. A suggestion of some quality. "He detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
Exact synonyms: Ghost, Trace
Generic synonyms: Proffer, Proposition, Suggestion

6. Verb. Affect emotionally. "The performance is likely to touch Sue"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
Exact synonyms: Stir
Generic synonyms: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike
Specialized synonyms: Get
Derivative terms: Stir, Stirring
Also: Stir Up

7. Noun. A distinguishing style. "This room needs a woman's touch"
Exact synonyms: Signature
Generic synonyms: Fashion, Manner, Mode, Style, Way
Specialized synonyms: Common Touch

8. Verb. Be relevant to. "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

9. Noun. The act of putting two things together with no space between them. "At his touch the room filled with lights"

10. Verb. Be in direct physical contact with; make contact. "His fields touch mine at this point"; "The surfaces contact at this point"

11. Noun. A slight but appreciable amount. "This dish could use a touch of garlic"
Exact synonyms: Hint, Jot, Mite, Pinch, Soupcon, Speck, Tinge
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Snuff

12. Verb. Have an effect upon. "Will the new rules affect me?"

13. Noun. A communicative interaction. "He got in touch with his colleagues"
Exact synonyms: Contact
Generic synonyms: Communicating, Communication

14. Verb. Deal with; usually used with a form of negation. "The local Mafia won't touch gambling"
Generic synonyms: Care, Deal, Handle, Manage

15. Noun. A slight attack of illness. "He has a touch of rheumatism"
Exact synonyms: Spot
Generic synonyms: Attack

16. Verb. Cause to be in brief contact with. "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
Derivative terms: Toucher

17. Noun. The act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan). "He watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
Generic synonyms: Solicitation

18. Verb. To extend as far as. "The chair must not touch the wall"
Exact synonyms: Extend To, Reach
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Reach Into
Derivative terms: Reach
Also: Reach Into, Reach Out

19. Noun. The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin. "The surface had a greasy feeling"
Exact synonyms: Feeling, Tactile Sensation, Tactual Sensation, Touch Sensation
Generic synonyms: Perception
Specialized synonyms: Creepiness, Cutaneous Sensation, Haptic Sensation, Skin Sensation
Derivative terms: Feel

20. Verb. Be equal to in quality or ability. "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
Exact synonyms: Equal, Match, Rival
Related verbs: Equal, Equalise, Equalize, Equate, Match
Generic synonyms: Compete, Contend, Vie
Derivative terms: Equal, Match

21. Noun. Deftness in handling matters. "He has a master's touch"
Generic synonyms: Adeptness, Adroitness, Deftness, Facility, Quickness
Specialized synonyms: Capstone, Copestone, Finishing Touch

22. Verb. Tamper with. "Don't touch my CDs!"
Exact synonyms: Disturb
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Upset, Violate
Derivative terms: Disturbance

23. Noun. The feel of mechanical action. "This piano has a wonderful touch"
Generic synonyms: Feel, Tactile Property

24. Verb. Make a more or less disguised reference to. "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
Exact synonyms: Advert, Allude
Generic synonyms: Hint, Suggest
Entails: Denote, Refer
Related verbs: Bear On, Come To, Concern, Have-to Doe With, Pertain, Refer, Relate, Touch On
Derivative terms: Allusion, Allusive

25. Verb. Comprehend. "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
Generic synonyms: Understand

26. Verb. Consume. "They touch more bread"; "She didn't touch her food all night"
Exact synonyms: Partake
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Receive

27. Verb. Color lightly. "The leaves were tinged red in November"
Exact synonyms: Tinct, Tinge, Tint
Specialized synonyms: Henna, Tincture, Complexion
Generic synonyms: Color, Color In, Colorise, Colorize, Colour, Colour In, Colourise, Colourize
Derivative terms: Tincture, Tinge, Tint, Tinter, Tinting

Definition of Touch

1. v. t. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against; to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or rest on.

2. v. i. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.

3. n. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.

4. v. t. To compare with; of be equal to; -- usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.

5. n. A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.

Definition of Touch

1. Verb. Primarily physical senses. ¹

2. Verb. Primarily non-physical senses. ¹

3. Noun. An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger. ¹

4. Noun. The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact. ¹

5. Noun. The style or technique with which one plays a musical instrument. ¹

6. Noun. A distinguishing feature or characteristic. ¹

7. Noun. A little bit; a small amount. ¹

8. Noun. The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines. ¹

9. Noun. A relationship of close communication or understanding. ¹

10. Noun. An ability to perform a task ¹

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Definition of Touch

1. to be in or come into contact with [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Touch

1. 1. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against; to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or rest on. "Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly." (Milton) 2. To perceive by the sense of feeling. "Nothing but body can be touched or touch." (Greech) 3. To come to; to reach; to attain to. "The god, vindictive, doomed them never more- Ah, men unblessed! to touch their natal shore." (Pope) 4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. "Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed." (Shak) 5. To relate to; to concern; to affect. "The quarrel toucheth none but us alone." (Shak) 6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of. "Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse." (Chaucer) 7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books. 8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften. "What of sweet before Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh." (Milton) "The tender sire was touched with what he said." (Addison) 9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush. "The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right." (Pope) 10. To infect; to affect slightly. 11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon. "Its face . . . So hard that a file will not touch it." (Moxon) 12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music. "[They] touched their golden harps." (Milton) 13. To perform, as a tune; to play. "A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet." (Sir W. Scott) 14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse his free will," 15. To harm, afflict, or distress. "Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee." (Gen. Xxvi. 28, 29) 16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; rarely used except in the past participle. "She feared his head was a little touched." (Ld. Lytton) 17. To be tangent to. See Tangent. 18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease. To touch a sail, to keep the ship as near the wind as possible. To touch up, to repair; to improve by touches or emendation. Origin: F. Toucher, OF. Touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. Zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. Zukken, zukken, v. Intens. Fr. OHG. Ziohan to draw, G. Ziehen, akin to E. Tug. See Tuck, Tug, and cf. Tocsin, Toccata. 1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact. "Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting." (Shak) 2. The sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin is recognised; the sense by which the properties of bodies are determined by contact; the tactile sense. See Tactile sense, under Tactile. "The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine." (Pope) Pure tactile feelings are necessarily rare, since temperature sensations and muscular sensations are more or less combined with them. The organs of touch are found chiefly in the epidermis of the skin and certain underlying nervous structures. 3. Act or power of exciting emotion. "Not alone The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches, Do strongly speak to us." (Shak) 4. An emotion or affection. "A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy." (Hooker) 5. Personal reference or application. "Speech of touch toward others should be sparingly used." (Bacon) 6. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof. "I never bare any touch of conscience with greater regret." (Eikon Basilike) 7. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture. "Never give the least touch with your pencil till you have well examined your design." (Dryden) 8. Feature; lineament; trait. "Of many faces, eyes, and hearts, To have the touches dearest prized." (Shak) 9. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes. "Soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony." (Shak) 10. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash. "Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them." (Hazlitt) "Madam, I have a touch of your condition." (Shak) 11. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice. "A small touch will put him in mind of them." (Bacon) 12. A slight and brief essay. "Print my preface in such form as, in the booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch." (Swift) 13. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone. " Now do I play the touch." "A neat new monument of touch and alabaster." (Fuller) 14. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality. "Equity, the true touch of all laws." (Carew) "Friends of noble touch ." (Shak) 15. The particular or characteristic mode of action, or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers; as, a heavy touch, or a light touch, also, the manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a piano; as, a legato touch; a staccato touch. 16. The broadest part of a plank worked top and but (see Top and but, under Top,), or of one worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern timbers at the counters. 17. That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side. 18. A boys' game; tag. In touch, outside of bounds. To be in touch, to be in contact, or in sympathy. To keep touch. To be true or punctual to a promise or engagement; hence, to fulfill duly a function. "My mind and senses keep touch and time." (Sir W. Scott) To keep in contact; to maintain connection or sympathy;-with with or of. Touch and go, a phrase descriptive of a narrow escape. True as touch (i.e, touchstone), quite true. Origin: Cf. F. Touche. See Touch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Touch

totus porcus
toucan crossing
toucan crossings
touch (current term)
touch-and-go landing
touch-and-go landings

Literary usage of Touch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"The tongue is thus seen to be an organ of touch as well as of taste. ough 1 ... D. Sensations of touch The group of 6en- sations popularly classified under ..."

2. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"Organs of touch the primitive type of sensory surface. sour and saline, ... The tongue is thus seen to be an organ of touch as well as of taste. ough 1 y, ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1895)
"touch threshold, as well as that for pain, for different parts of the body, ... He says: " The hairs exhibit the most sensitive touch apparatus of the body, ..."

4. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"The fact is, that touch depends on so many and such various conditions, ... In relation to phrasing, touch is of two kinds, legato and staccato : in the ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The Sense of touch and its Anomalies The sense of touch (slight contact or delicate pressure) is mediated in the skin chiefly by nerve-beginnings connected ..."

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